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Obituaries

Frankie May Goeglein

Frankie May Goeglein, 80, passed away Dec. 28, 2007 in Farmington, N.M.

She was born in Clayton, N.M. to Frank and May Dell Abbott. She had been a resident of Farmington since 2001.

Frankie was preceded in death in 1990 by her husband Ralph. Frankie and Ralph moved to Williams in 1950 and lived in the area until 1988 when they moved to Kingman.

Frankie is survived by a daughter Jeannie Maillie and husband John of Farmington, N.M. and a son Richard Goeglein of Las Vegas, Nev. She is also survived by three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren who were always the focus of her love and attention. She is also survived by her best friend and sister Velda Fennell of Las Cruces, N.M.

Her family will miss the love and kindness she provided in their lives.

Gene Sanford

Gene Sanford, 73, of Williams, climbed his last mountain and reached the summit where he crossed over into heaven on Dec. 28, 2007.  

He was born in Calhoun, La. on Dec. 26, 1934. He was a successful food industry executive. He moved to Phoenix in 1974 to start his own business, Gene Sanford & Associates. He and his first wife built their dream retirement home, "Slice O Heaven Ranch," in Williams where they moved in 1995.  

He is survived by his wife Wanda; son Michael Sanford; daughter Lisa Commission; grandchildren Jacob, Jenna, Stephen, Robert and Kevin Eugene; and great-grandchildren Caleb and Joshua.  

He was preceded in death by his first wife Beverly (2001) and their eldest son Stephen (1975).   

Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008 at Living Streams Church, 7000 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ. Arrangements were handled by Norvel Owens Mortuary of Flagstaff.

William Chandler Tuck

William Chandler Tuck, 22, died Jan. 1, 2008 at home in Flagstaff. 

He was born on Feb. 2, 1985 in Denver, Colo. to James A. and Lea Tuck. His parents both followed careers with the National Park Service that took the family from Denver to Fort Smith, Ark., Grand Canyon National Park and Flagstaff.

Will attended Flagstaff High School and entered the U.S. Army in September 2002. He served as an Army Ranger with the 1st Ranger Battalion based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., completing three tours of duty in Iraq with numerous commendations. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 15, 2007.

Will loved the outdoors and took every opportunity to hike the mountains and canyons wherever he lived. He was a meticulous craftsman and especially enjoyed making models and working with stone and wood. An avid reader, he was fascinated by history and accounts of adventures and exploration.

He is survived by his parents, Jim and Lea; his younger brother Paul; his grandmother Maxine; and uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces. 

Contributions in his honor may be sent to HawkWatch International, 2240 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Lozano's Flagstaff Mortuary. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lozano's-flagstaffmortuary.com.

Ruth "Marie" Simonelli

Longtime Williams resident Ruth "Marie" Simonelli, 87, passed away peacefully on Dec. 28, 2007.

She worked hard all her life and showed kindness to many. She loved her family fiercely, had a zest for life and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her children Lynn Walker, Jerry Miklos, Jill Chavez and Williams resident Vernon Miklos; her grandchildren Carla Walker of Williams, Penny Walker, Eric Simonelli, Tina and Rachel Chavez and Justin, Jason and Julie Miklos; and her great-grandchildren Joshua Van Hoy, Isabella Simonelli, Anthony Chavez and others.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Victor Miklos and Tony Simonelli and her children Janice Miklos and Kevin Timothy.

Memorial services were held for immediate family on New Year's Eve with a celebration of her life to be held at a later date.

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